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What is SSH (Secure Shell)?

Secure Shell (SSH) is a network protocol providing an encrypted connection between two computers. SSH is primarily used to gain shell access, also know as command line access, to a remote Unix or Linux system. It allows you to run commands on a system located elsewhere.

Linux systems differ from Windows systems in that they do not always come with a Graphical User Interface (GUI). Linux packages offered by 1&1 do not come installed with a GUI and rely solely on the use of a keyboard and a command line/Shell to complete tasks (no desktop or icons are used). SSH allows you to connect from your Windows, Macintosh, or Linux system to our Linux packages to perform tasks or transfer data securely.